Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

For as long as I can remember the wafting smell of the M&S bakery in the Jervis in Dublin has haunted me. Can't a girl just have a look around Boots without having to be lured in by that ever enticing smell of......Chocolate Chip Cookies! They are amazing and delicious and wonderful....but pricey! And it took me a long time to learn how to resist the temptation and to walk on by without buying one. But there is a very simple solution....and being the generous soul that I am, I'm going to share it with you. Here's the answer.....Learn to make the cookies yourself and learn how to make them even better!!!

So find below the recipe for my very own delicious version! Tried and tested at many family parties, team meetings in work and amongst friends, they have officially been stamped with the seal of approval by all!!!


Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes: 10-12 Cookies


Ingredients:

250g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp. salt
170g butter
220g brown sugar (how brown is up to you!)
100g sugar
1tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 large bar of chocolate, broken into pieces (200g) 
  (judge yourself just how chocolatey you want them to be)



Method:
1. Preheat oven to 160°C/145°C(fan oven)/Gas Mark 3. Grease 3 baking trays.
2. Sift the salt, soda and flour together in a bowl.
3. In a seperate bowl cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended 
    (Use a handheld mixer if you have one! or a freestanding mixer if doubling the recipe).
4. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy.
5. Mix in the flour until blended.
6. Stir in the chocolate pieces using a wooden spoon. Place spoonfuls of dough onto the trays 
    (ping pong ball sized). Leave plenty of space between each as they will spread out a lot.
7. Bake for 15-17 minutes (stopwatch!) until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on the tray for a 

    few minutes before placing on wire racks to cool totally.



E-D's Notes
- I can usually only fit 5 cookies per tray (at most). They really do spread out a lot so keep that in
  mind.
- You can choose what type of chocolate you want to use; dark, milk or white. You can even use   flavored chocolate like aero or orange chocolate. I personally like a mix of milk and white but 
  that's personal preference.

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